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Winter squash 'Trombetta di albenga'

Cucurbita moschata

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Trombetta di albenga is part of the Cucurbita genus and is a Winter squash variety. Its scientific name is Cucurbita moschata 'Trombetta di albenga'. Trombetta di albenga is a heirloom variety.

Trombetta di Albenga is an Italian heirloom climbing winter squash.
It’s a highly valuable variety, with a delicate flavor.

The plant is a strong climber, with broad leaves; its fruits are thin, slightly crooked, trumpet-shaped; skin is pale green when unripe and yellow when ripe.

Fruits can grow up to 1 m long, weighing as much as 5kg, but they are usually harvested when 20-30 cm long and used as courgettes. If harvested when 10-15 cm long they are very tender and can be eaten raw. The flesh of the ripe fruits is cooked to prepare puree, soups, ravioli stuffing or cakes. Seeds can be eaten slightly toasted and salted.

Produces long, slender, white to pale yellow, 15-inch fruit with a bulb at the bottom. Picked while young and tender, they are delicious and sweet as summer squash. If allowed to mature, this is also great as a winter squash. As a winter squash, it is used for stuffing in gnocchi and ravioli, & for baking and pies!

The mature fruit grow very long. Because of their unique shape and delicious flavor they are in very high demand at specialty markets, but can be a pain to store, for the same reason.


Trombetta di albenga grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Trombetta di albenga is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.00 metres (6.50 feet). Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

Italy is believed to be where Trombetta di albenga originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Trombetta di albenga Winter squash is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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How to grow Trombetta di albenga

  • Full Sun

  • High

Grows well on a vertical trellis where the fruit will grow quite straight rather than the typical curved shape when allowed to vine on the ground.

A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Trombetta di albenga is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Trombetta di albenga requires a soil ph of 5.5 - 7.0 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil.

Growing Trombetta di albenga from seed

Look to ensure a distance 2.27 feet (70.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 1.17 inches (3.0 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Trombetta di albenga about 10 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Trombetta di albenga

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 15°C / 59°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Trombetta di albenga is a tender plant.

Harvesting Trombetta di albenga

Expect harvests to start to occur in mid summer.

Winter squash Trombetta di albenga Etymology

Trombetta di Albenga means “little trumpet from Albenga”. Albenga is a town on the Italian riviera not far from Genoa.

Trombetta di albenga folklore & trivia

It is common belief that these squash seeds were brought in ancient times and from distant lands by Ligurian seafarers.

Misspellings of Winter squash 'Trombetta di albenga'

Trombocino, Trombetta d’Albenga, Tromboncino d’Albenga, Tromba d’Albenga, Zuccino Rampicante, Zucchino Rampicantezucchini rampicante, zuca d’albenga, zucca dalbenga, zucca rampicante

Other Names for Winter squash 'Trombetta di albenga'

Rampicante, Tromboncino, Tromboncino di albenga, Tromba di albenga, Zucca a tromba, Zucca trombetta, Zucca d’albenga, Neck pumpkin, trumpet zucchini, vining zucchini

Latest Winter squash 'Trombetta di albenga' Reviews

  • An awesome plant! Vine grew very long, as did the fruit :) It didn’t get overly damaged by the powdery mildew (all our squash had that this year) Will be growing again!!

    5 stars

    redcrystal about growing Rampicante
  • 5++ Strong vining type. Best grown on trellis. Slow to start fruiting but still growing in late autumn with minimal PM. Can be eaten young or mature. Good flesh and taste. Will grow again!

    5 stars

    graibeard about growing Zucchini 'Tromboncino' - 2010

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